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baby-powder-lawsuits-attorney-californiaProducts manufacturers have a duty of care to warn consumers about the potential dangers of their products. They also are not supposed to release unreasonably dangerous products into the market. If a product is defective, is unreasonably dangerous, or has inadequate warnings, the manufacturers may be liable when consumers who have used the products in an intended manner are harmed as a result. In Schmitz v. J&J, Superior Court of the State of California, Alameda, Case No. RG18923615, the jury returned a substantial verdict to a California woman who contracted mesothelioma after using talcum-powder products that were manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Colgate for decades.

Factual and procedural background

Patricia Schmitz, a former fifth-grade teacher, is a 61-year-old California woman. Her mother applied baby powder containing talc when she was an infant. Beginning when she was 13, Schmitz began using talc-based products daily after her shower. She used Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet on a daily basis from the time that she was 13 until the 2000s. She also used Avon’s Night Magic at some point in time. Her mother had used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder on her when she was an infant.

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Multiple companies are working to bring driverless technology to the highways in California and across the country. According to a report by Wired, driverless trucks are now transporting refrigerators from Texas to California. As the push for more driverless vehicles on the roads continues, the likelihood of these trucks being involved in accidents is also going up.

Accidents that are caused by driverless trucks may result in liability issues. The victims might not know which party is responsible for paying damages to them when they have been injured or their loved ones have been killed in accidents with driverless trucks. It is possible that the families may be able to hold the companies that own the trucks and the manufacturers who make them liable in the event of an injury or fatality accident. The experienced personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Steven M. Sweat APC might be able to help injured victims and the families of those who have been killed to identify all of the defendants who should be named so that their compensation might be maximized.

Driverless trucks transporting goods from Texas to California

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When you are in the market for a new vehicle, you likely want to find a car that has the most safety features to protect you in an accident. While safety technology can help you to prevent injuries, they may not be able to prevent all accidents from occurring. One feature of a vehicle that you might not think about when it comes to safety is the color of your vehicle. Most people choose the color of their cars based on how they look. You might want to think carefully about the color of the car that you choose, however. Researchers have found that the color of a vehicle is linked to its risk of being involved in a collision. If your vehicle is one of the riskier colors, it might increase your risk of being involved in an accident.

Which car colors are associated with a higher accident risk?

According to a report in Reader’s Digest, several studies have found a link between the color of cars and their accident involvement rates. This might make it important for you to consider the color of your vehicle more carefully when you are ready to make a purchasing decision. Here are the colors that are associated with the greatest risk of accidents.

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big-rig-accident-lawyerIn California, people who are injured in accidents may still be able to recover compensation for their losses when their own negligence contributed to the accidents’ causes as long as the other drivers were also negligent. A driver may be found to be negligent per se if he or she violated a statute and the violation was a proximate cause of the accident. In

Taulbee v. EJ Distribution Corp., Cal. Ct. App., Case No. G054545, the court considered a case in which both drivers violated a statute approximately eight minutes apart, and the second driver suffered serious injuries when he collided into the first driver’s truck.[1]

Background of the case

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construction-site-accident-injury-attorneyConstruction workers and people who are walking near construction sites may be injured because these worksites are hazardous. When construction workers are injured at their jobs, they may be limited to recovering workers’ compensation benefits from their employers’ insurance carriers. However, when the negligence of third parties causes their accidents, they may be able to file third-party negligence claims against the responsible parties.

In general, contractors that hire subcontracting companies to perform work at their worksites may not be held liable when the employees of the subcontractors are injured at their jobs. However, as

Strouse v. Webcor Construction, L.P., Cal. Ct. App. Case No. A148863 shows, there are some circumstances in which a general contractor may be liable to pay damages to the employees of subcontractors when the general contractor affirmatively contributes to the accident and resulting injury.

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round-up-weed-killer-cancer-lawyerAs a personal injury attorney helping victims of Roundup weed killer with claims in California, I thought I would provide some useful information on this dangerous product and what victims can do to recover compensation if they or a loved one have been injured by use of this popular and widely used product. Roundup, a popular weedkiller that has been widely used by people in their gardens as well as by farmers, is believed to be linked to certain types of cancer. The weedkiller is manufactured by Monsanto and was first developed in the 1970s. Many people have developed cancer after using this herbicide in their gardens. If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, or multiple myeloma and have used a weedkiller that contains glyphosate, you may have legal rights to compensation. The Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat are currently reviewing potential claims on behalf of victims who have developed one of these cancers as well as the families of people who have died after using this herbicide in their gardens or on their lawns.

What is dangerous about glyphosate?

Roundup is an effective herbicide that has been widely used to kill weeds in gardens, on farms, and on lawns. The active ingredient in this weedkiller is called glyphosate. Researchers have found a link between glyphosate exposure and specific types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia.

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hit-run-car-accident-lawyerHit-and-run crashes and fatalities are increasing and have reached a record high in California and across the nation. There are several reasons that are attributed to the rise in hit-and-run accidents. With the improvements in the economy, more people are sharing the roads. Smartphone use while driving has led to an increase in distracted driving accidents, including hit-and-run crashes. At the same time, more people are choosing to walk or to ride their bicycles to get where they need to go. Finally, drunk driving and speeding continue to be real problems. It is important for you to understand the risks of hit-and-run collisions and to take steps to protect yourself in the event that you are involved in one.

Prevalence of hit-and-run crashes

According to an investigative report by ABC News, hit-and-run fatalities have reached an all-time high.[1] When hit-and-run drivers are caught, ABC found that many are able to avoid jail time. The penalties that are imposed vary widely from state to state. Even in states in which the penalties have been increased, prosecutors still have the discretion to offer plea deals that limit or avoid incarceration even in cases in which the victims are killed.

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Pedestrian-Accident-Injury-LawyerThe number of pedestrian accident injuries and fatalities has sharply risen both in California and across the U.S. People can be seriously injured or killed when they are struck by motor vehicles while they are walking. There are several factors that have contributed to the increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries. Both pedestrians and motorists should take steps to minimize the risk of being involved in accidents. Pedestrians who are injured and the families of pedestrians who are killed in accidents may have legal rights to recover compensation for the losses that they have suffered.

Pedestrian accident statistics

The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released a report that showed that pedestrian fatalities in 2018 were at a 28-year high. During 2018, 6,227 people were killed in pedestrian accidents. This was a 4 percent year-over-year increase from 2017 and was the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990.

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In California, drivers are mandated to carry minimum liability insurance that pays $15,000 per injured party or $30,000 per accident to protect others if the drivers cause accidents. However, these policy limits are often insufficient to pay for the losses that injured accident victims might suffer. In some cases, it is possible for injured plaintiffs to recover more compensation than the limits on an at-fault driver’s policy, as was demonstrated by the recent case of Marcia Arreola v. Susan Hanson, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC600875. The case also demonstrates how fault can be apportioned in situations in which there are multiple tortfeasors.

Factual background

The plaintiff, a 48-year-old woman named Marcia Arreola, was stopped at a traffic light in Cerritos on Dec. 23, 2014. She was stopped at a light on Artesia Blvd. at its intersection with Norwalk Blvd. facing westbound. Defendant Susan Hanson was traveling eastbound on Artesia, and defendant John Austin Deapera Ella was heading north on Norwalk. The two defendants collided in the intersection, causing both vehicles to careen into Arreola’s vehicle.

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Traffic-Accident-Attorneys-Los-AngelesWhat are the new California traffic laws for 2019?  As we roll into a new year, Californians need to be aware of a number of new traffic laws that might affect them in 2019. These laws may have an impact on cyclists, motorists, minors, scooter riders, DUI offenders, and others. It is important for you to familiarize yourself with these laws so that you do not commit any traffic violations in the upcoming year. Here is a description of each of these new laws and what they might require you to do.

SB 1046

SB 1046 was sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. The law was effective on Jan. 1, 2019, and it deals with the installation of ignition interlock devices on vehicles of repeat DUI offenders. People who are convicted of a first DUI offense in which they caused injuries are also required to install ignition interlock devices under the law. Previously, this law had existed in Los Angeles, Alameda, Sacramento, and Tulare as a pilot program.

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